Brisk acceleration; excellent road feel; quick top operation; upscale cabin; surprising luggage space; extensive dealer network
Modest standard equipment; overwhelming number of pricey options; no retractable hardtop option; weak standard audio system
Two new trims join the Boxster lineup for 2016. The Black Edition is essentially a base model with more features added to its standard equipment list, while the new Spyder offers up the same 375-horsepower, 3.8-liter engine found in the 911 Carrera S. See the 2016 Porsche Boxster models for sale near you
Thanks to their timeless styling, solid build quality and favorable driving dynamics, prior-generation Boxsters have enjoyed good resale value and may prove to be collectible over time. For 2016, the Boxster Sypder offers a more distinctive appearance and pristine performance -- but at a price. We think most enthusiasts will be quite happy with either the base or S trims. If that's you, we bet you'll consider the 2016 Porsche Boxster a solid investment that you can enjoy every day, especially if it's a sunny one. Find a Porsche Boxster for sale
Porsche offers the 2016 Boxster in five trims: Base, Black Edition, S, GTS and Spyder. All models come nicely equipped and (in typical Porsche style) offer a dizzying array of options, colors and packages.
The Boxster ($53,150) includes a 6-speed manual transmission, a power retractable top with a glass rear window, automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers, Bluetooth hands-free cellphone connectivity, a 4-speaker 50-watt AM/FM/CD/AUX stereo with a 7-inch color display, manual seats with power recline, 18-in alloy wheels, power windows, power locks, heated side mirrors, cruise control, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel and partial leather interior trim.
The Boxster Black Edition ($60,150) adds more features, including HID headlights, 20-in wheels, upgraded audio, navigation and unique Black Edition badging.
The Boxster S ($64,950) adds a more powerful engine, 19-in alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlamps and a 7-speaker audio upgrade.
The Boxster GTS ($75,650) brings greater horsepower and torque, plus 20-in Carrera S wheels, unique exterior body work and lower trim, Porsche sport seats, the Sport Chrono package, the Porsche Dynamic Light System and Porsche Active Suspension Management.
The Boxster Spyder ($83,150) adds the larger 3.8-liter engine, 6-speed manual transmission, locking rear differential, sport suspension, upgraded brakes, Porsche Torque Vectoring and larger wheels and tires. Air conditioning is left out to save weight but can be added back.
The options list for the Boxster is nearly as long as "War and Peace." One of the more desirable options is Porsche's quick-shifting 7-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission with shift paddles, which will run you $3,200. Another $7,400 buys high-performance ceramic brakes. Adaptive suspension, torque vectoring and a Sport Chrono package for the racetrack are also available -- though if you add them together with the PDK and ceramic brakes, be sure to budget an additional $16,000 for all these driver technologies, not including any wheel or tire upgrades.
More options include the Bose audio upgrade, a carbon fiber package, adaptive speed control, a carbon-and-leather steering wheel and adaptive sport bucket seats. Along the way, you can also choose from numerous paint, interior trim and wheel choices. Check off every possible option, and the Porsche Boxster's price can easily exceed $140,000.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
2016 Audi TT Roadster -- Audi's stylish TT roadster costs less and is better equipped than the Boxster, but its 2.0-liter turbo engine can't keep up with the Boxster from a standing start. The TT's all-wheel-drive architecture gives it tenacious grip in the corners but prevents it from catching the Porsche when it comes to feedback and rewarding driving dynamics.
2016 BMW Z4 -- The BMW Z4 offers a roadster experience that's heavy on luxury at the expense of ultimate sportiness. The sDrive35is model's ability to accelerate to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds makes it nearly as quick as the Boxster S, but its handling isn't quite as precise, and its fuel economy isn't as good. The Z4 does feature a retractable hardtop versus the Porsche's soft-top.
2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK -- With its folding metal-and-glass retractable roof, the SLK is heavier and more luxury-inclined than the featherweight Boxster. The SLK55 AMG is downright muscular with its 415-hp V8, and with a claimed 0-to-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds, it's the only competitor in this set that can keep up with the Boxster GTS and Spyder.
2016 Jaguar F-Type Convertible -- The F-Type delivers brilliant performance in a sleek, new design more captivating than that of the aging Boxster. The F-Type R brings a 550-hp V8 and all-wheel drive.
Used Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet -- A 2010-2015 911 Carrera Cabriolet offers more performance and features, and it will cost about the same as a well-equipped S or GTS.